BROMER

CHAPTER 4.

CATHERINE ADDIE BROMER WOLFE

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(4) CATHERINE ADDIE BROMER WOLFE, was born October 11, 1851. She was called Katie by all that knew her. Katie was said to have been a very kind person. But looking at her pictures, I don't think I would have wanted to be the one to cross her. Katie married George Wolfe in the year 1869. The Wolfe family had a large farm that bordered the Bromer Farm. Katie was given the Bromer property next to the Wolfe's along with Lewis W. Bromer. George Wolfe and Lewis W. Bromer worked their farms together. But as time went on Lewis bought out Katie's part of the Bromer land. The Bromer land stayed as a farm and the Wolfe property was developed into a residential area, known as the Wolfe Estates today. George and Katie are buried in the Greenwood cemetery on the National Pike in Wheeling. George came from a large family and they had money. When entering the Greenwood Cemetery main entrance to the left is found a large Family Section devoted to the Wolfe Family. There are approximately thirty people buried there.

     According to the 1880 census the household of George Wolfe had the following residents. George Wolfe, Catherin Wolfe, Clara Wolfe, Ellsworth Wolfe, Fred Bromer and Louis Bromer. This tells me George Wolfe had Katie's two brother's living with them. I spoke with Milton Montgomery, the oldest living relation to the Wolfe family, in 1989. Milton was reluctant to assist in any information on his family.

     Following are the Obituaries of Katie and George Wolfe.

OBITUARY

MRS. KATHERINE BROMER WOLFE, 84, OLDEST MEMBER OF ZION CHURCH, DIED SOMDAY.
AGED RESIDENT OF BETHLEHEM SUCCUMBS; FUNERAL SERVICES WEDNESDAY.

     Mrs. Katehrine Bromer Wolfe, oldest member of the Zion Lutheran Church, died Sunday afternoon at 2:10 o'clock at her home in Bethlehem. She was 84.
     Mrs. Wolfe was stricken ill last Tuesday. She was a life long resident of Ohio County and spent most of her life in the vicinity of Bethlehem. Katherine Adelaide Bromer was a daughter of the late G. Frederick and Margaret Folmar Bromer, early residents of this section.

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     She was born in Ohio County, October 11, 1850. Mrs. Bromer was born a few months after the founding of the Zion Church, and she had been a member all of her life. She was a member of the Missionary Society and the Ladies Aid Society. Her husband, George Wolfe died in 1907. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. M. T. Montgomery and one son, Ellsworth Wolfe; two grandchildren; eight grandchildren; one sister Mrs. John Hemmen, and two brothers, John Bromer and Louis Bromer.
     Funeral services will be held at the residents Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Rev. A.C.E. Grotke, pastor of Zion Church will officiate, assisted by Rev. George H. Bohlender, pastor of the third Presbyterian church.
     Interment will be in Greenwood cemetery.

GEORGE WOLFE

     Thursday at 12 o'clock noon occurred the death of George Wolfe. A well known resident of Caldwell's run, in the sixty-seventh year of his age. Mr. Wolfe had been ill but a short time and his death comes as a great shock to his many friends. He was born and reared in Belmont County, Ohio and thirty nine years ago he transferred his residence to the West Virginia side of the river, where he has resided ever since. Thirty eight years ago he was wedded to Miss Catherin A. Bromer who with one son and one daughter survive to mourn his death. Ellsworth O. Wolfe and Mrs. Clara A. Montgomery, both of this city, are the children. He is also survived by four brothers and one sister.
     The funeral will take place Sunday afternoon at 1 o'clock from his late residence on the left hand side of Caldwell's run. Services will be conducted at the residence by the Rev. A. L. Benze, pastor of the Zion German Lutheran Church, after which interment will be made at Greenwood Cemetery.

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     Catherine A. Bromer Wolfe and George Wolfe had two children, one daughter and one son.

A. Clara A. Wolfe b Aug 29, 1869; d Nov 2, 1947; (M) Milton Todd Montgomery b May 1, 1866; d Jan 6, 1941.
B. Ellsworth Otto Wolfe, b Oct 12, 1874; d July 17, 1953; (M) Madeline Theresa Fisher Nov 20, 1873; d Sept 23, 1955.

A. Clara A. Wolfe Montgomery was born August 29, 1869 in Wheeling. Clara married Milton Todd Montgomery on October 11, 1887. Milton Montgomery was the son of David Montgomery, born in Marshall County in 1830 and died in 1908. David's wife, Milton's mother, was Mary Hahn. Mary was born in 1840 in Weepee Creek, Ohio; she died in 1932. David and Mary were married in 1865. Milton and his wife, Clara, were well to do. They received a share of the Wolfe Estates when Clara's mother, Catherine Wolfe, died. Following is the obituary of Clara Wolfe Montgomery. Clara and Milton were the organizers of what was once a week day Bible school which was once used in the Public Schools in Ohio County.

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OBITUARIES

Mrs. Clara W. Montgomery,
Bethlehem Resident, Dies.

     Mrs. Clara Wolfe Montgomery, 78, widow of Milton Todd Montgomery, who was born and spent most of her life in Bethlehem, succumbed to an illness Sunday morning at 6 o'clock at her Bethlehem home. In poor health for two years, Mrs. Montgomery became seriously ill one week ago. Death was attributed to a heart ailment.
     Mrs. Montgomery was born August 29, 1869.
     She was a staunch member of the Third Presbyterian Church and belonged to the Philathea Bible Class of the Bethlehem Chapel and the Quilter's society of the Zion Lutheran Church.
     Mrs. Montgomery had taken an active interest in community affairs in Bethlehem for many years.
     Her husband, Milton Todd Montgomery, died June 6, 1941.
     Surviving are a daughter Mrs. Flora M. Wertime of Chambersburg, Pa., one son A. Rae Montgmomery of Bethlehem and one brother E. O. Wolfe of Bethlehem. Seven Grandchildren and 12 Great Grandchildren also survive.
     The body, taken to the Schmeichel funeral home is to be returned to her late home in Bethlehem this afternoon. Funeral services will be conducted at the residence Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Interment will be made in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

M. T. MONTGOMERY RITES THURSDAY

Veteran Resident Will Be Laid To Rest In Mt. Olivet Cemetery

     Funeral services for the late Milton Todd Montgomery, 74, will be held on Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from his late home in Bethlehem. Rev. George H. Bolender, Minister of the Third Presbyterian church, will officiate and burial will follow in Mounty Olivet Cemetery.
     Mr. Montgomery died at 2:30 o'clock Monday morning at his home.

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     And while he had been in ill health since March, his condition had not been serious. Death was attributed to a heart attack. The remains will be returned to the home from the Schmeichel & sons funeral.
     Born at Mozart, May 1, 1866, a son of the late David and Mary Hahn Montgomery, he was educated in the public schools in the vicinity. For the past 52 two years Mr. Montgomery had resided at Bethlehem where he was well know. He had been engaged in the dairy business for many years.
     Mr. Montgomery was one of the organizers of the week-day Bible schools, now used in the public schools of Ohio County, and was a promoter of the volunteer fire department of Bethlehem. He was an active member of the third Presbyterian church and was president of the board of trustees of Bethlehem Union Chapel.
     Surviving are his wife, Clara Wolfe Montgomery, to whom he was married October 11, 1887. Surviving two children, Mrs. Wertime of Chambersburg, Pa. and Rae Montgomery of Bethlehem; one sister, Mrs. Laura Anderson, of Columbus, Ohio; one brother George Montgomery, also of columbus, and eight grandchildren.

     Clara Wolfe and Milton Todd Montgomery had three children.

(A) Flora Montgomery b 1890; d 1971; (M) Weirtime.
(B) Francis Montgomery b 1891; d 1892.
(C) Allen Rae Montgomery b 1893; d 1955; (M) Hazel I. Cowen.

(A) Flora Montgomery was born in 1890, she married a man named Weirtime and lived in Chambersburg, PA.

(B) Francis Montgomery only lived one year.

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(C) Allen Rae Montgomery was born in 1893 and died in 1955. His wife Hazel Cowen was born in 1890 and died in 1969. They are buried at Mount Olivet. Following is a retype of a Newspaper article on his estate.

MONTGOMERY, BAER ESTATES ARE APPRAISED.

     Appraisements in two estates were filed yesterday by commissioners of accounts with Ohio County Clerk Raymond J. Falland.
     An appraisement filed in the estate of Allen Rae Montgomery former resident of Bethlehem, who died June 19, 1955 lists properties valued at a total of $32,597.66.
     Included in the estate is real estate valued at $27,887.50, Tangible personal property valued at $1,021.62, money, certificates of deposit, notes, accounts, ect. valued at $3,688.54.
     Montgomery was survived by his wife, Hazel I. Montgomery. Frank A. O'Brien, commissioner, filed the appraisement, while W. W. England, Doris M. Schiffer and Carl M. Marsh served as appraisers of the estate.

     Allen Rae Montgomery went by the name of Rae to those that know him. Allen and his wife had two children.

a. Milton Todd Montgomery III b October 7, 1913; (M) Caroline Knuth.
b. Helen Montgomery (M) George Vennan.

a. Milton Todd Montgomery III was born October 7, 1913. Milton married Caroline Knuth in 1948. I met Milton in 1989 and he was not what you would say was friendly. In fact I met him at Helen Hemmenn's house and there was a secret they did not want me to hear them talking about. I never found out what it was. Milton still lives in the Wolfe estates, and is said to be very wealthy. Milton is the only living surviver of the Wolfe family that still lives in the area.

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Milton and Caroline had three children. Two were Caroline's to her first marriage. They are Sandra and Sharon and they don't carry the Montgomery name. The child they had to their marriage is a daughter.

(a) Karen Sue Montgomery (M) Clark Patterson. They have three children, Brian, Timothy and Shannon.

b. Helen Montgomery was married to George Vennan in 1939. They had one child, a son, Raymond Vennan, who married Barbara Birch. Helen was burned in a fire in January 1946 and died the following....

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Helen Hemmenn & Milton Todd Montgomery III

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B. Ellsworth Otto Wolfe was born October 12, 1874. He was born in Wheeling. He was called E. O. Wolfe by those that knew him well. He was raised on the Wolfe farm. He was very close friends with Louis W. Bromer. They were to have shared in working their farms together. E. O. married Madeline Theresa Fisher. Madeline was the daughter of Charles Fisher and Margaret Spaar. E.O. Mother was Catherine Wolfe Bromer and his mother-in-law was Margaret Spaar. Margaret Spaar had to be related to the Bromers. Where, I am not sure. But this makes E. O. and his wife Madeline cousins. E. O. and Madeline were very well to do. They had no children and left a large estate. E. O. died two years before his wife. therefore Madeline was left the estate. The estate filtered down to the Montgomerys. This where Milton Montgomery acquired his wealth. Milton is living on old money which was made by the George Wolfe and Catherine Bromer Wolfe.

     Following are the death notices of E. O. and his wife Madeline. Madeline went by the name Tilly and sometimes Sarah M. Wolfe.

OBITUARIES

Mrs. Tillie Fisher Wolfe, 81, resident of Cedar Ave. Bethlehem, died last evening at 6:55 o'clock at her home after a long illness. She was born in Ohio County Nov. 20, 1873, daughter of Charles and Margaret Spaar Fisher and was a resident of the Bethlehem section all of her life. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, the ladies aid and Quilting society. Her husband Ellsworth O. Wolfe died July 17, 1953. Surviving are two sisters, Mollie Fisher, Bethlehem, and Mrs. Edna Birch Wheeling, and a number of nieces and nephews. Friends are being received at Kepner's, 1308 Chapline St. were services will be held Monday at 2 p.m. in charge of the Rev. Dr. William M. Erhard. Interment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery.

Ellsworth O. Wolfe, a Bethlehem farmer during all of his life, died yesterday at 1:30 p.m. in his home on Cedar Lane after suffering a stroke last Monday. He was born October 12, 1874 a son of George and Catherine A. Bromer Wolfe, and was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church. He survived by his wife Tillie Fisher Wolfe. Friends are being received at Kepner's, 107 Key avenue, Elm Grove,where services will be held on Monday at 2:p.m. with Rev. William M. Erhard in charge. Interment in Greenwood Cemetery.

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     This article is on the estate of Sarah M. Wolfe. She is the same person as Madeline Thersa Fisher Wolfe, more often referred to as Tillie.

Sarah M. Wolfe
Estate Value
Set $277,668.

     An Estate of $277,668.63 was left by Sarah Matilda Wolfe, former resident of Ritchie-Bethelhem district who died Sept. 23 of last year, according to an appraisement filed yesterday with Ohio County clerk Raymond J. Falland.
     The appraisement was filed by Frank A. O'Brien commissioner of accounts, while the estate was appraised by Walter W. Knauss, Jr.
     Included in the estate appraisement was real estate valued at $68,000, tangible personal property worth $2,025.12, government bonds and securities worth $5,209, shares of corporate stock worth $129,420.15 and money certificates of account, deposits and notes worth another $73,014.36.


     This ends the reign of the Wolfe property being connected with the Bromer's. And the Bromer property being connected with the Wolfe's. The property and estates went on to the Montgomery families through marriages.



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